PUMA Faas 600s First Impression:
Puma’s Faas 600 S were created specifically for women. Sorry boys, this “girls club” shoe’s fit, wear technology, and color schemes were thought up with females in mind. Upon the shoes arriving, I noticed the biodegradable packaging. Instead of having a cardboard top and bottom, Puma cleverly packages the shoes in a red reusable/biodegradable bag.
Inside contains the shoes and a cardboard bottom half for protection. I loved the Sparkling Grape/Limeade/Blackberry Cordial color scheme that was sent. The three Limeade stripes against the purple background really stood out. It’s unusual but sleek combination definitely turned a few heads while wearing.
Unusual to Puma, there weren’t any logos or branding on the sneaker besides barely visible label on the tongue and Puma cat on the heel, which give the shoe a little mystery.
PUMA Faas 600s Upper:
The Upper is composed of Air mesh, which allow maximum breathability and give the shoe it’s lightweight qualities. The lace closure system allows a more confirmed and tighter fit to your foot, which is always helpful when you need a stability shoe. The synthetic are placed strategically to give support but still allow the foot to breathe.
Specific minimal overlays are placed on the forefoot and near the medial Puma Foamstrip, which takes into consideration those runners who need additional room and cushion due to bunions. The midfoot “mono mesh” secures the foot to the midsole and provides a snug fit.
The OrthoLite® sockliner gave additional comfort while not allowing your pesky socks to slide down during your run (isn’t that annoying?). It is not suffocating, as its lightweight material still allows maximum breathability.
PUMA Faas 600s Sole Unit:
The outsole of the Puma Faas 600S is where I applaud the tech team. The Puma Faas 600 S features“engineered stability” at the medial and lateral sides with a Puma Foamstrip. The Faas label is stamped on the medial side midsole, so you know where your support is. As someone who tends to overpronate, I found the shoe to be extremely comfortable and supportive.
Puma’s incredibly lightweight FaasFoam+ technology is compiled of part rubber and part foam to allow better energy transition and comfort in your stride. Additionally, Puma’s support CELL midsole component provides enhanced stability while not adding more weight to your foot.
Lateral release grooves and a decoupled heel help stabilize and correct overpronation. I found the outsole to be extremely resilient to my wear, but also to elements. After running in the rain, snow, and part trail, the outsole retained it’s stability and form.
The forefoot is extremely flexible and durable. Compiled of forefoot flex grooves which allow easier energy transition. The flex notches on the forefoot are aligned with the flex grooves. This ultimately provides a smoother toe-off, and considerably more flexibility than the average stability shoe.
Stability shoe runners are used to running in shoes with little flexibility due to the technologies needed to correct their overpronation. It was refreshing to find a shoe that not only stabilized but was comfortable and corrected my stride.
The molded, high-rebound OrthoLite® insole supplies underfoot cushion. Made of Puma’s EverTrack technology, the high-abrasion rubber is placed in high-wear areas of the outsole. As an avid heel striker, I loved that the shoe remained resilient even after 75+ miles running in the shoe.
To add to Puma’s thoughtfulness, the EverRide+ outsole offers a durable toe-off while adding support through an external heel counter.
Puma Faas 600 S Overall:
Finally a lightweight stability shoe that provides support! Overall, the Puma Faas 600 S is a great, lightweight shoe. Although the shoe is specifically designed for females, it’s sleek design and technologies give any sneaker a run for its money. The forefoot is extremely flexible, while the Faas Foam Outsole and medial/lateral foamstrip provides greater stability.
I am an avid heel striker, and love the additional Faas Foam+ and E verTrack materials to help the sneaker wear better on the back. After running a long run, I didn’t feel the uneven wear on the heel as I tend to with some sneakers. The shoe was lightweight while stabilizing the foot, and the sole provided ample cushion without feeling heavy.
I am a huge fan of this shoe, and thank Puma’s team for their considerate additions of female-specific technologies. Sorry boys, this time I don’t mind if you tell me I run like a girl.
We thank the nice people at Puma for sending us a pair of Faas 600 S to test. This did not influence the outcome of the review, written after running more than 50 miles in them.